A search for new or undiscovered art talent has begun as The Harley Gallery on Nottinghamshire’s Welbeck estate launches its biennial art exhibition. Artists, whether they are weekend painters or professional artists, are now invited to enter the Harley Open 2020 competition and submit their work. It provides them with the opportunity to showcase their work within the Worksop gallery, which has previously exhibited high profile artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Sir Peter Blake.
The Harley Open celebrates and showcases art being made by talented artists within a 100-mile radius of the rural gallery. It invites submissions from the traditional to the experimental and looks for artists who have shown originality, verve, spirit and humour through any medium from biro portraits to tiny oil paintings, abstracts and graphic design.
The last competition received 546 entries in its first five days and judges selected 110 artists to have their work displayed in the contemporary art space.
The Open also includes the chance to win the Harley Prize of £2,000. There’s also the Judges’ Prize and the Storycatcher’s Prize, plus a ‘People’s Prize’, which will also be presented to the artist voted for by the visiting public and will be announced at the end of the exhibition.
Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Gallery, said: “The Harley Open is open to everyone whatever their artistic background, whether they’re just starting out or experienced professionals. Our aim is to celebrate the incredible wealth of creativity that is part of our region and share it with our visitors.”
“The exhibition highlights the diversity of talent across our region and beyond. Over the years the Harley Open has received a wealth of entries from some very creative and talented artists and in a variety of styles and media.”
With thousands of visitors expected to view the exhibition between 2nd May and 5th July, it provides shortlisted artists with a new platform to show and, often, sell their work. The Harley Prize 2019 was shared between Chesterfield artist, Susan Dodd, and Sheffield artist, Joanna Whittle. Joanna has since been awarded the acclaimed Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019.
Artwork for the Harley Open must be submitted between 1st February and 1st April 2020. Entries can be traditional or contemporary, detailed or abstract, serious or funny as long as the artwork has been made by the artist in the past two years and can be wall-mounted. An expert panel will choose the prize winners and select the entries to go on show in the special exhibition.
For more information about how to enter the competition visit www.harleygallery.co.uk.